Culford School

Culford has clear values. We want our pupils to achieve their full potential, whatever their talents, and believe that providing an education which is challenging, enriching and fun will deliver well-rounded, fulfilled, future leaders with excellent academic results.

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Culford School

Culford is blessed with a unique setting and superb facilities, enjoying 480 acres of stunning Suffolk parkland where pupils can learn, feel secure, explore and enjoy all that is on offer. Culford also has a vibrant boarding community and a recent ISI inspection rated Boarding and Pastoral Care as excellent. Day pupils fold easily into the community with daily bus routes and the options of part and occasional boarding or an extended day.

Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

Pupils: Co-Education

Type: Day & Boarding

Religious Affiliation: Methodist

Roll: 400 Boys / 327 Girls

Age Range: 1 -18 Years

Founded: 1881

Location Description

Set in 480 acres of beautiful and tranquil landscaped parkland.

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr J F Johnson-Munday

Contact for enquiries:Mrs K M Tompkinson, Registrar

Bury-St-Edmunds, Suffolk

Tel: 01284 385308



In 2015 Culford opened a new £2.2million library at the academic heart of the school with 10,000 books, a lecture theatre, wifi throughout and a mezzanine space with a coffee bar for exclusive use by the Sixth Form. Culford also enjoys outstanding performing arts facilities with a professional Studio Theatre and a recording studio. There is a new gallery space for the art department and fully refurbished music school.

The Sports and Tennis Centre boasts a four court Indoor Tennis Centre, 25m swimming pool, squash courts, fitness suite and sports hall with a climbing wall. There are also outdoor tennis courts and 2 astro-turf pitches, one being built in partnership with Bury St Edmunds Hockey Club in 2016.

Extra-curricular activities are wide ranging and include scuba diving, climbing, horse-riding and outdoor pursuits such as the CCF, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and many adventure activities.


Jubilee (All-Round), Academic, Art, Technology, Drama, Music, Rugby, Sport, Hockey, Swimming, Tennis, Golf and Cricket scholarships and exhibition awards are available. Awards are worth up to 25% fee remission.

Entrance Requirements

Pre-Prep: Informal assessment. Prep & Senior School: Entrance examination and interview. For a copy of our prospectus, to arrange a visit or to book a place at an Open Morning, please call the Admissions Office on 01284 385308


2019/2020. Nursery: please contact the school for details.

Pre-Prep (Reception – Year 2): £3,065 – £3,305 per term. Prep (Years 3-8): Day – £3,985 – £5,225 per term. Full Boarding – £7,720 – £8,295 per term.

Senior School (Years 9-13): Day £6,665 per term, Boarding £10,395 per term, International Boarding £11,100 per term.

Occasional boarding: £60 per night. For prep international boarding fees and part boarding and extended day provisions, please contact the school for more details.



All visits are welcome, please contact the school

2020. To book a place at one of our Open Events, or to arrange an individual visit, please contact our Admissions Team on 01284 385308 or email them on for more information.


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    We are pleased to announce that we have officially opened our new Art Centre. In the space of only one academic year the arts facilities at Culford have been revolutionised with the completion of the new studio. Now at the heart of the Art Centre there is a glass-fronted, modern, dynamic space that can be used...

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    Former pupil Hadley Butler, who recently completed his A-Levels this summer, got the chance to work with the production crew at Culford School on the recent Suzuki advert featuring Take That. Hadley, who has a passion for photography and film-making, was given this amazing opportunity during the May half-term when the grounds of Culford School were turned...

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